Cruz Bromac remains firm on the fourth line of betting for Christchurch Casino New Trotting Cup favouritism after winning the NZ Cup trial at Addington on Wednesday, November 7.
The Falcon Seelster-Crown Defender gelding again took a stride to hit his hopples from the stand start, but once he found his rhythm, was very strong running to the front and holding well.
Cruz Bromac, in the hands of co-trainer and cup driver Mark Purdon, held stablemate and Kaikoura Cup winner Spankem, who trailed by half a length, without being extended.
He paced the 2600m (stand) in 3:17 (2:01.9, mile rate), quickening over his last 800m in 57.8s and the 400m in 27.1s.
Cruz Bromac is one of four starters for leading trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, in Tuesday's $800,000 cup.
The Allstars trainers also have joint second favourites, Thefixer and Dream About Me (both paying $4.40), and 11-1 chance Eamon Maguire, in the race.
Cruz Bromac, quoted a $6.50 chance on the NZ TAB futures market, did well for fourth to Spankem in his final lead-up race in the Kaikoura Cup, after being slow away and making good ground on a fast sub 27s final quarter.
He only needs to step safely from the two barrier on Tuesday to be a serious contender.
Former NZ pacer Tiger Tara, in top lead-up form for New South Wales trainer Kevin Pizzuto, is the $4 NZ Cup favourite.
Pizzuto also trained Cruz Bromac to win the Gr. 1 Len Smith Mile at Menangle on July 1, but after two further unplaced starts, it was decided he be sent to the Allstars for the New Zealand Cup.
Instrumental in the decision to send Cruz Bromac to the Allstars at Rolleston was Victorian owner Danny Zavitsanos, who has a growing number in the Purdon/Rasmassen stable.He also races War Dan Delight, who is one of five chances for the Allstars stable in Tuesday's other feature, the $170,000 McMillan Equine Feeds Sires' Stakes Three-Year-Old Final.